The 2022 edition of Norway’s national final Melodi Grand Prix is starting to shape up. MGP production manager — and Norway’s Head of Delegation — Stig Karlsen has shared some details about this season’s show with Norwegian fans.
Recently Stig Karlsen made his usual appearance to OGAE Norway’s traditional autumn meeting. There he shared with Norway’s Eurovision fans some details about the next edition of Melodi Grand Prix. Norwegian Eurovision blog escNorge has summarised Karlsen’s comments.
Melodi Grand Prix 2022 will involve five semi-finals and the grand final. The show will begin on 15 January 2022, with the grand final scheduled for 19 February.
Karlsen confirmed that all MGP 2022 shows will be filmed at H3 Arena in Fornebu, just outside Oslo. H3 is a medium size event hall, previously used for music television shows such as Stjernekamp and Norwegian Idol. This is the same venue that was used to host the heats for MGP 2020 and all shows for MGP 2021.
This means that pandemic precautions are still in place and the show won’t be returning to a large arena for 2022. H3 is not a a huge venue, with a maximum audience capacity of 1200. However, Karlsen assured fans that after the 2021 being held without a live audience, the 2022 show will have space for a live audience.
Changes to Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2022
The MGP boss also confirmed that there will be some changes to the show format for 2022. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Karlsen did give strong suggestions of what form the show will end up taking.
The show may include some sort of jury to help replicate the voting structure of Eurovision. In recent years, MGP has only used a Norwegian televote, with the results presented in regional groups.
There may also be other changes to the voting system. Karlsen is considering ways to make the voting reveal as exciting as possible — but he’s also considering way to ensure the winner is someone who can deliver visually, in the pop charts, as well as in MGP.
Karlsen is also looking at a new way of launching the competing songs. In 2020 and 2021 the songs were revealed days before each semi-final. Different formats are being considered for 2022.
Karlsen won’t reveal anything about the competing songs or artists. However escNorge has a little insider information on the subject. They say there are fewer entries from Swedish and other foreign songwriters this year. They say that around 10 to 15 songs and artists are ready, and the other 10 or so will be ready in coming weeks.
escNorge also described a “funny and catchy” song that is a potential for MPG. While the song doesn’t have an associated artist yet, the blog intriguingly says that it “will be able to create a lot of attention and […] interesting conversations in MGP environments around Europe.”
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